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Overview

This BTEC Level 3 Diploma is a practical, work-related, two-year course for students who are interested in learning more about the public services. You may be wanting to pursue a career in the Police, Fire Service, Army, RAF or Navy. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands, and develop your leadership and teamwork skills by completing a range of activities.

Your student experience will be enhanced by our teaching staff who have strong academic and vocational backgrounds in public services.

Still thinking about whether public services is for you? Visit https://www.sccb.ac.uk/latest-news/item/765-thought-about-a-career-in-public-services for more information about the sector.

Course description

You will gain a solid understanding of the skills and demands required for a career in the public services, learning about a range of subjects such as leadership, health and lifestyle, citizenship, politics and law.

You will have the opportunity to take part in activities which will enhance your understanding of a career in the industry; for example, opportunities to go on residential visits to develop team work and leadership skills, experiencing outdoor activities including water based, or meeting a range of guest speakers from the Army, Navy and the Police and participating in recruitment events.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and with health and safety of our students as a priority, we have redesigned this course to include a mixture of classroom-based and online learning.

What areas will I study?

The course is made up of 18 units, core units include:

  • Government, policies and the public services
  • Team development and leadership
  • Citizenship and diversity
  • Understanding discipline
  • Public service fitness

Together with specialist units, such as:

  • Physical preparation for public services
  • Outdoor activities
  • Police powers
  • War, conflict and terrorism
  • Major incidents
  • Law and the legal system
  • Custodial care
  • Instructing physical activity

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 September 2021, Duration: 2 Academic years - 2 Academic years Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 (no level 3 qualification) September 2021, Duration: 2 Academic years - 2 Academic years Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) September 2021, Duration: 2 Academic years £6345.00 Exam Fee:£250 2 Academic years You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
24+ September 2021, Duration: 2 Academic years £6345.00 Exam Fee:£250 2 Academic years You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 September 2021, Duration: 2 Academic years - 2 Academic years Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 (no level 3 qualification) September 2021, Duration: 2 Academic years - 2 Academic years Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) September 2021, Duration: 2 Academic years £6330.00 Exam Fee:£272 2 Academic years You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
24+ September 2021, Duration: 2 Academic years £6330.00 Exam Fee:£272 2 Academic years You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.

Student satisfaction

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Satisfaction comment Recommendation comment
I enjoy my course I would recommend the college to family and friends